About Planning Permits

Q. What is a Planning Permit?

Q. When do I need a planning permit?

Q. Do I need a planning or building permit?

Q. Where can I find out what planning controls apply to my property?

Q. What is the planning permit process?

Q. How do I lodge a planning permit application?

Q. Who can check my planning application before I lodge?

Q. Do I need an architect to draw my plans?

Q. How long will my permit application (assessment) take?

Q. Can I make changes to my approved plans later?

Q. How long will it take to endorse my condition of permit plans?

Q. I have a planning permit, but I have changed my mind, can I change my permit?

What is a Planning Permit?

A planning permit is a legal document that gives permission to make certain changes to your house, property or use of the land. Generally, planning is concerned with the land - the way it will be used and/or developed.

Planning permits can be issued for use or development in residential, commercial and rural areas. This may include building a fence, adding a second storey onto your home, building additional dwelling(s) on the land or subdividing the property.

A planning permit contains a list of conditions that outline what you can and cannot do in relation to those changes and may be subject to a time limit or expire under specified circumstances.

The Casey Planning Scheme governs whether a planning permit is required to use or develop your land in a particular manner within the City of Casey. 

When do I need a planning permit?

Some of the most common reasons people require a planning permit are for:

  • constructing or altering a building
  • starting a new use on land (particularly where it may create a demand for car parking)
  • displaying a sign
  • subdividing land
  • vegetation removal
  • liquor licence

Check with the Council’s Planning Department before proceeding with a change of use or a development on your land. A change in the use of land or building may arise by a simple alteration in the nature of the use, or through any additions which modify the use. For example, a planning permit may be required to change a dwelling to a medical centre or a shop to a restaurant.

There are certain types of use changes which do require planning permission; however changes of use are not always clear cut. For this reason, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Department on 9705 5200 and ask to speak to a Planner directly or you can simply visit the City of Casey Customer Service Centre in Narre Warren to visit our planner on duty.

Even minor matters may need a planning permit: the onus is on you to find out whether a permit is required.

Council can offer advice about local or state government policy guidelines that must be considered for particular uses and developments.

Do I need a planning or building permit?

Planning permits and building permits are different. This means that you may need one or both depending on your proposal.

If you require both a building and planning permit, you must get a planning permit before applying for the building permit. Just because you have a planning permit does not mean that you can start construction without first getting a building permit.

Generally, planning is concerned with the land – the way it will be used and/or developed, whereas building is concerned with the method of construction – its quality and its safety.

There are a number of different factors that influence what type of permit you require. The best way to find out is to contact Council.

Where can I find out what planning controls apply to my property?

The Casey Planning Scheme is available online on the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) website which includes information on a wide range of planning matters.

To find out the zoning of your property, you can apply for a planning certificate from the Department of Planning & Community Development (DPCD). 

You can also search planning scheme maps yourself using a property address, Melways reference or lot and plan number, then you may be interested in using the Interactive Planning Maps Online service provided by the government website, Land Channel. You can find a property or place by street address, suburb or town, lot on plan, coordinates or street directory and get a report with location details, planning zone summaries and more.

What is the planning permit process?

There are a number of steps to go through in obtaining a planning permit, including but not limited to:

  • Pre-application meeting (commonly set up for more major development projects)
  • Submission of planning permit application, including payment of relevant fees
  • Allocation to a Planning Officer
  • Preliminary assessment by the Planning Officer in accordance with the planning scheme as well as policies and guidelines
  • If required, the Planning Officer will contact you in writing to obtain further information
  • Application may be referred to relevant internal departments (traffic, drainage, environment) and external organisations (CFA, VicRoads, Melbourne Water) where appropriate
  • Your application may then be advertised in accordance with the Planning & Environment Act 1987 (see Advertising)
  • Final assessment by Planning Officer
  • Decision made to approve/refuse proposal made by Planning Officer or Council
Following this process there is an option of an application for review (appeal) to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

A brief outline of the planning permit process is explained in the Planning permit process fact sheet (323kb).

How do I lodge a planning permit application?

The information you need to include with your application will vary depending on what you are seeking a permit for, however regardless of the use or development you must include:

  • A completed Application for Planning Permit form;
  • A full copy of the Certificate of Title (less than 30 days old) including any and all encumbrances, caveats, notices and/or Section 173 Agreements if applicable;
  • Three (3) copies of plans prepared by a suitably qualified person and any other documentation you may have to support your planning application
  • Payment of the application fee;
For a more detailed list of the above items, please refer to the Lodging a Planning Permit Application (140kb) advice sheet.

Who can check my planning application before I lodge?

Council is limited with the amount of assistance our Planning Officers can provide. Depending on the complexity of the application, it may be helpful to seek assistance from a planning consultant, architect or draftsperson.

Council officers are not able to assess a Planning Application prior to lodgment or provide undertakings or guarantees of approval prior to formal assessment. However, early consultation can bring to light many issues that may assist in your design process. For this reason, you can visit the City of Casey Customer Service Centre in Narre Warren between office hours (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) and we encourage you to bring a rough sketch or plan of your proposal, a recent copy of title and any photographs of the proposed site when attending.

Do I need an architect to draw my plans?

Council requires all plans to be drawn to by an architect or draftsperson and to be to a professional standard. Plans should be drawn to scale (e.g. 1:100) and include  the following information as a minimum:

 

  • North point
  • Plan name and revision reference
  • Location and dimensions of all existing and proposed buildings 
  • Boundaries and dimensions of the subject site
  • Proposed/existing materials, colours and finishes

How long will my permit application (assessment) take?

Processing time for applications can vary from as little as four weeks to as long as nine months.

We seek to process planning permit applications as quickly as possible and are mindful of the time and financial pressures that applicants are often under.

Each application is unique and the time taken to process your application is largely dependent on the nature, scale, complexity and quality of the individual application we have received. Most applications involve some form of referral to other expert parties and others will require the advertising of the application to nearby landowners/occupiers. These referral and advertising processes add time to the overall length of assessment time.

To ensure your application can be processed quickly and efficiently, refer to our planning application checklists and guidelines to make sure your application is completed as it is essential all the relevant information is included.

Can I make changes to my approved plans later?

Yes. Changes to an approved development may require further assessment of the changes you wish to make. Some applications may require the changes to be re-advertised to allow the surrounding community (your neighbours) and any previous objectors (if applicable) to comment on the proposed changes.

You must not proceed with any unauthorised changes until they have been properly assessed and approved by Council. Any amendment lodged seeking approval for works already undertaken (retrospective amendment application) will be assessed as though the work has not been done, so it’s best to get approval first.

Should you require advice as to which type of application for planning permit amendment form you may need lease do not hesitate to contact the Planning Department on 9705 5200 and ask to speak to a Planner directly or you can simply visit the City of Casey Customer Service Centre in Narre Warren to visit our planner on duty.

How long will it take to endorse my condition of permit plans?

Amended plans cannot be approved over the counter because an assessment of the changes is required to be done. Three copies of the plans must be submitted to Council and will be allocated to a planner who will determine if they satisfy the permit condition(s) and required changes for endorsement. Plans submitted must be accompanied with the Submission of Plans form.

I have a planning permit, but I have changed my mind, can I change my permit?

Planning permits consist of two documents: the permit and the approved plan(s) – you can make changes to the permit or the plan(s) or both. You can also apply to have the length of your permit extended.

The way you apply for an amendment to a permit depends on the wording of the permit when issued. For more information, please contact Council's Planning Department to discuss your specific planning matter.